Most readathons focus on students reading a set number of pages. For dyslexic students, this is often a difficult task. Our readathon measures the number of minutes spent listening to an audiobook. There are still misconceptions that children do not get the same benefits from "ear reading" as they do from "eye reading." It is important to realize that listening to an audiobook should be considered real reading. Ben Foss, the author of The Dyslexia Empowerment Plan and creator of Headstrong Nation, explains that we need to get over the feeling that listening to books is somehow cheating or not real reading. Dyslexic himself, Foss points out that we don't question that blind people read with their fingers. We also need to understand that many people with dyslexia read with their ears. He encourages the use of the terms “eye reading,” “ear reading” and “finger reading” to encompass the variety of ways to read.
An article from Discover Magazine explains that when researchers scanned the brains of people reading printed words vs listening to an audiobook, they discovered that the same areas of the brain were stimulated. You can read the complete article here.
Benefits of Reading with Audiobooks
Help us spread awareness that audiobooks are just as valuable as print books, especially for dyslexics!
Books featuring characters with dyslexia or a learning difference.
Our group wants to promote the use of audiobooks for all readers! By donating to Dreaming Dyslexic you can help us continue to give dyslexic youth the opportunity to connect, be inspired and focus on their dyslexic strengths. Funds will be used for event supplies and fees, print materials and website costs.